SAN FRANCISCO - Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry grimaced in pain as he laid on the floor, grabbing his left hand. It was three-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter and the Warriors trailed the Phoenix Suns by 29 points, but things were about to get a lot worse. As The Athletic first reported, Curry had a broken hand.
The Warriors (1-3) lost to the Suns (3-2) 121-110 in Wednesday's game at Chase Center, failing again to bring the first win to the new arena. But by losing the face of the franchise to injury, the game was not the biggest loss of the night.
The injury occurred when Curry was fouled by Suns center Aron Baynes on a layup attempt and fell head first into the restricted area. The 6-foot-10, 260 pound Baynes fell with him, and landed on Curry. Curry rolled over and grabbed his hand as he winced in noticeable pain. He went to the locker room shortly thereafter.
It's the most dire of a series of injuries afflicting a depleted Warriors roster. After an offseason that resulted in the departures of Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, Warriors guard Klay Thompson will miss most of the season with a torn ACL and center Kevon Looney is sidelined with a complicated neuropathic condition.
Another MVP-caliber season from Curry was perhaps the Warriors' only hope of making a playoff run.
Last season, Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo missed a month with a broken right hand. If Curry faces a similar timetable, the Warriors' season could be over before Christmas.
On Wednesday, the Warriors without Curry rallied. They outscored the Suns 43-26 in the fourth quarter to bring the game to within 11 points with four minutes remaining before the Suns again pulled away.
Guard D'Angelo Russell finished with 15 points and six assists and rookie forward Eric Paschall made his first six shots on his way to 20 points and four rebounds.
The Suns were paced by Devin Booker's 31 points. Baynes finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Suns shot 46.3% overall and 41.7% from 3-point range while scoring 25 points off Warriors' turnovers.